October 20, 2005 13:45 ET

CIDA: Canada Provides Further Support to Victims of Hurricane Stan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will provide further support to help the victims of the devastation caused by Hurricane Stan.

"The people affected by this disaster are in desperate need of shelter, clean water, and basic houehold items," said Minister Carroll. "Canadians are reaching out to the victims, and this contribution will help to alleviate the suffering of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods."

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will provide:

- $550, 000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross
(IFRC) to respond to the immediate needs in Central America,
Mexico, and Haiti. The IFRC will provide kitchen utensils,
hygiene kits, blankets, roofing and construction kits and
mosquito nets;

- $150, 000 to OXFAM Canada to work with three local women's
organizations to undertake immediate humanitarian assistance in
Guatemala by providing basic shelter, household items and clean
drinking water;

- $100,000 to local non-governmental organizations in El Salvador
to address emergency humanitarian and reconstruction

- $100,000 for emergency relief and reconstruction carried out by
local organizations in Guatemala;

- $60,000 to Rapid-Span for the construction of bridges that will
restore transportation links lost in the flooding in Guatemala;

- $50,000 to local organizations in Mexico for immediate
assistance and reconstruction.

On October 11, Canada announced $1 million to assist victims of floods and landslides in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Stan. Those funds were used for emergency aid and relief efforts of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Pan American Health Organization and World Vision Canada. Today's announcement brings Canada's total contribution to over $2 million.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 Federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of communications
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)